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Castle Rock Town Manager David Corliss spoke to the town's chamber of commerce members April 6 to deliver a “State of the Town” address as part of the chamber's networking series, Horizon Breakfast. Here are some highlights from his speech.
'The year of road construction'
Corliss opened his presentation by outlining several of the major road projects the town has in its queue — and there's a slew of them.
He told the group that “2018 is going to be the year of road construction,” and added: “You're probably going to feel it and notice it a lot more.”
In short, the town will spend $30 million this year on maintaining and improving roads. One of the biggest projects will be reconstructing the 30-year-old Meadows Parkway between Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and U.S. Highway 85. For most of the summer, Corliss said, the roadway will go from a four-lane to a two-lane as crews tear out concrete and replace it with asphalt.
Long-term water resources
The town has been investing big in Castle Rock's water future, Corliss said.
“In 2017, this town spent more money securing its long-term water rights than it did in its entire general fund,” he said. “We spent over $60 million securing water rights and water infrastructure.”
This year the town will be using some of that new infrastructure to begin importing WISE water. The Water Infrastructure Supply Efficiency partnership includes 12 Denver metro water suppliers and is the culmination of a years-long project that will disseminate Denver and Aurora's surplus renewable water among WISE partners.
'Not a small town'
Castle Rock is a growing place, just like Colorado as a whole, Corliss said.
Some of this shows in the town's numbers. Sales tax revenue grew by almost 11 percent last year, he said, attributing some of that growth to the expanding Promenade development that's reshaping the northern part of town, and the Outlets at Castle Rock.
He also acknowledged the population growth, and those who miss the days when Castle Rock was a blip on the map.
“We're not a small town — 65,000 is not a small town,” he said.
Still, he believes the town can try to preserve characteristics of the small-town feel some community members are mourning. Internally, that means a town staff that communicates to citizens in a friendly and respectful way, he said. It's another reason the town is supportive of a revitalization effort in the downtown core.
“Keep downtown strong and vibrant,” he said, “so it can be a place for the community to gather.”
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